Bamboo- an important resource of Nagaland

Kohima | December 30 : Bamboo continues to play a predominant role in the life of Naga people in every walk of life that range from agriculture tools and implements to shelter, food and livelihood.
This was stated in the newsletter of Cane & Bamboo Technology Centre. Found extensively all over the state, Bamboo constitute one of the most important resources of Nagaland. The land is a home of around 448,000 hectares of India’s growing stock of bamboo.
“The development of the natural bamboo resources of Nagaland will greatly add to the environment and the ecological balance of the land consequently having great impact on the quality of life of the people,” the newsletter said. With the adoption of the Nagaland Bamboo Policy in 2004, Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency established to implement the development of bamboo- both as a resources as well as an enterprise. Through the funding of National Bamboo Mission, seminars, trainings, workshops for bamboo farmers and field functionaries, scientific management training etc. are conducted on regular basis. It also stated that the state’s bamboo talents are showcased and marketed through participation in local, national and international exhibitions and NBDA established nurseries with the support of NBM.
Till date, 81 nurseries have been established across the state under the central public, central private and Kisan/mahila sectors. Further, the agency has set up bamboo plantations totaling an area of 17, 323 hectares. During 2010, Nagaland hosted World Bamboo Day in Kohima with the participation of experts from different parts of the world.